# Moving into the DSLR market

1. Feb 23, 2012

### DaveC426913

I went to college for photography and still have my old Pentax K-1000. That was a large fraction of a century ago. Since then, I've been doing fine with my point & shoot (Canon 630) for years.

But on recent vaykays, my picture-taking has exceeded my camera's abilities. I want to step up. But I'm kind of behind the times DSLR-wise.

A friend has a Canon Rebel XTi 400 that he's not using. He bought it for 800, but now can only get 200 for it. It's got the stock 28-55 plus something longer (not sure, maybe 80 or 110?) It's 10.1MP (Hee, a mere 2MP more than my phone...).

I've read the SLR thread, and will be refining what I want in a camera, but nothing specific.

It might suit my needs but I see that this camera is now more than 5 years old. Is that alone enough to make it not worth it at any reasonable discount?

Say he wouldn't part with it for less than ... $400-500. Would it still be a bargain or has DSLR technology advanced that much in 5 years? 2. Feb 25, 2012 ### Andre I would not advice that, for that amount of money you can get a lot of camera's with superior performance. And yes there is significant advance especially in sensor quality. You may wonder if you really want an SLR or maybe an advanced larger sensor camera or maybe a superzoom bridge camera and you may want to look further than Canon. Sony and Nikon for instance have some cute models. 3. Feb 25, 2012 ### Borek ### Staff: Mentor As Andre wrote -$400 for 400 is a waste of money.

It is still a decent camera IMHO, but not for this price.

4. Feb 25, 2012

Regardless of its quality, if he can "only get $200 for it", you should be able to find one for that price as well. FWIW There are several on EBay UK at about that price point. 5. Feb 26, 2012 ### Andy Resnick I also agree- technology has advanced so much that it would be foolish to buy a used digital camera at your price point. 6. Feb 26, 2012 ### DaveC426913 So, what might be a similar yet better camera for that kind of price? 7. Feb 26, 2012 ### Andre Ah, I wass working on that one, thinking of my first DSLR, the Canon 450D, which I selected in 2008 after reading this review, the superb image quality and very low noise, being the decisive factor. So I checked e-bay on prices. Still about$500 wow :uhh: So my sister had a super bargain when I sold her that camera. Going up, the 550D is also nice. It was my second camera and retails for just short of $600 But when budgets are decisive, it might be a good idea to consider conceding a slightly worse image quality and less speed to get a lot of zoom with a bridge camera. 8. Feb 26, 2012 ### DaveC426913 To be clear, budget is not a hard cutoff. I simply chose that number as approximately how much I wish to put into a camera. It should get me as much camera as I can handle. The issue is, for that much$, am I going to get better quality out of a new camera than this older XTi? If so, what camera(s)?

BTW, zoom is not a feature I use as much as close-up, wide angle and macro shots.

9. Feb 26, 2012

### Andy Resnick

I'm not sure what camera will best meet your needs. Based on the dollar amounts floating around, I think your main consideration is between a camera with interchangable lenses or an all-in-one. IMO, if longer focal lengths are of interest, you can most likely use smaller image formats (four-thirds/DX/etc) and get a camera with an integrated zoom lens. If wide angle shots are of more interest, you probably need to seriously consider a (gently used) full-35mm frame format camera.